When I got back into trail running a little less than a year ago, I mainly used hand-held water bottles for up to 10 mile runs. But when I planned a longer run one day, I decided to dig out my hubby’s Camelbak to give the hydration system a try. It was nice having my hands free, but the pack had been sitting around a while and no matter how much I cleaned out the bladder, the taste was horrible. Plastic-semi-gunk taste – bluck! I have since bought a Nathan Hydration Vest and so I sort of gave up on the Camel until I planned a long trail run with 3 other gals, 2 of whom hadn’t been on trails before. One of them asked to borrow the Camelbak. I had another hand held I was going to lend out as well, but then remembered a friend let her dog drink out of it the week before on a long run. (Not a huge deal, I’m a dog lover, but boy, I had some cleaning to do if I was going to let these ladies borrow my stuff.)
Enter Skweet sport bottle wash – 100% biodegradeable, non-toxic. A local super star master’s runner and coach Mike Blackmore who reps the product turned me on to it a few months ago, but I hadn’t tried it yet. What did I have to lose? I lined up all my bottles and the gunky Camelbak and followed the easy instructions to wash it all up:
1 tsp. for each water bottle
1-2 Tbsp. for the bladder
Fill with water, swish-shake-squeeze through drinking spout on the bottles and syphon out through the bladder tube.
Then came the test – refill and taste the Camelbak water…… drumroll please…..delicious! Cool! It tasted super clean and there was no plastic or soapy taste. Love it!
If you live in Eugene, contact Mike Blackmore of Blackmore Massage to get it locally.
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